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Suzanne and Joe Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Suzanne and Joe wanted to keep their wedding as "Vermont" as possible, working with many amazing local vendors to bring their vision to life. From the cozy rooms at the Inn at Weathersfield, to the antler centerpieces (a nod to Joe's passion for hunting), their efforts resulted in a hearfelt and home spun celebration full of Vermont charm. The menu at their rehearsal dinner and the reception was mostly sourced from Vermont, and they gave each guest a small burlap bag filled with amazing locally made products. Suzanne and Joe are both from Vermont and could not have imagined having their wedding anywhere else.

Suzanne and Joe Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Suzanne and Joe Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Suzanne and Joe Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Suzanne and Joe Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Suzanne and Joe Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Suzanne and Joe Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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Suzanne and Joe Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Suzanne and Joe Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | LIGHTING & RENTALS: Celebration Rentals | PHOTOGRAPHY: Andy Duback PhotographyVENUE, ACCOMMODATIONS, CATERING, BAR SERVICE: The Inn at Weathersfield | CAKE: Irene's Cake by DesignWEDDING GOWN: Marry and Tux Bridal | FORMAL WEAR: JC Penney | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Aliber's Bridal | FLORAL DESIGN: Jasper and PrudenceDJ SERVICES: Top Hat EntertainmentHAIR STYLIST: Boccaccio's Salon | MAKEUP ARTIST: Sarah Robinson from Indigo SalonINVITATIONS: Wedding Paper DivasCALLIGRAPHY: Jennifer Medler Rock | CEREMONY MUSICIANS: Ensemble AeviaTRANSPORTATION: Butler Bus Services and Hanover LimoWEDDING REGISTRY & GIFTS: Amazon, Macy's, Pottery BarnWooden parking sign: Chris' Custom Carvings

 

Jessica and Justin Cape Cod Wedding Inspiration | Beachside Wedding and Clambake | Vermont Bride Magazine

In case the snow is starting to get to you, we thought it would be nice to share a sunny, warm celebration on the beach! With softly flowing beach grass and a quintessential East Coast stone staircase leading to a ceremony overlooking the Atlantic, we hope Jessica and Justin's wedding warms your heart as much as it did ours. Jessica and Justin's casual, chic celebration on Cape Cod featured a private Polish ceremony with their parents followed by a ceremony on the beach overlooking the ocean. What else would be fitting for an oceanside, Cape Cod wedding then a traditional Cape Cod Clambake dinner?

Jessica and Justin Cape Cod Wedding Inspiration | Beachside Wedding and Clambake | Vermont Bride Magazine

Jessica and Justin Cape Cod Wedding Inspiration | Beachside Wedding and Clambake | Vermont Bride Magazine

Jessica and Justin Cape Cod Wedding Inspiration | Beachside Wedding and Clambake | Vermont Bride Magazine

Jessica and Justin Cape Cod Wedding Inspiration | Beachside Wedding and Clambake | Vermont Bride Magazine

Jessica and Justin Cape Cod Wedding Inspiration | Beachside Wedding and Clambake | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

Jessica and Justin Cape Cod Wedding Inspiration | Beachside Wedding and Clambake | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRPAHER: Kelly Cronin Photography | ACCOMMODATIONS, CATERING, VENUE: Chatham Bars Inn

 

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

It seems fitting that Heather and Elizabeth first met while working at a bridal gown store - a fitting omen to their future. Another magical omen occured on the night Heather proposed to Elizabeth, at a Michael Buble concert. What started out as a bad experience with fraudulent tickets turned into the perfect proposal experience, with a cannon firing off red and white hearts exactly as Elizabeth said yes! The couple chose to have their destination wedding in Vermont since it was not legal for them to marry in their home state, and Elizabeth has always loved the East Coast.

The Readmore Inn had everything they were looking for in terms of accommodations and ambiance, and they chose the theme of "Books" to play along with the name of the Inn. Simple and family oriented, everyone stayed with them at the Inn and they enjoyed spending time with those closest to them every morning at breakfast. They shared a bridesmaid and Elizabeth had their florist create a ring corsage for her to carry instead of the traditional bouquet.

Some of their favorite moments from the celebration included;

  • How beautiful the Popolo was for their reception, including vases of flowers that the owner took upon himself to place on each table.
  • The most amazing carrot cake they hadd ever eaten - a naket carrot cake with salted caramel drizzled on top - made by the Popolo.
  • Being able to get dressed up the next day for a second photo shoot with Cricket Polis of Polis Photography, who offered to do that in place of her usual engagement photos since Elizabeth and Heather were from out of state.

Elizabeth and Heather's advice for other couples planning their wedding is; "Make it simple and make you and your partner the priority."

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Polis Photography | VENUE & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Readmore Inn | CATERING & CAKE: The Popolo | MUSICIAN: Tim Veurink | WEDDING GOWN: Bridal Warehouse | WEDDING JUMPSUIT: David's Bridal | ALTERATIONS: Alter My Heart | FLORIST: Halladay's Flowers | JEWELRY: Fred Meyer Jewelers

 

 

Ceremony Processional Inspiration Videos | Vermont Bride Magazine | Valentine's Day Inspiration This Valentine’s Day, what could be more romantic to watch than a wedding processional? Here’s a sampler of videos with some fun ways of thinking about the wedding processional! Hopefully these will engage your romantic spirit, enthusiasm, and sense of adventure, while opening up your vision of a wedding processional in some unexpected and fun ways! Everyone loved the wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William, so let’s just start there! Catherine’s processional was “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, a British composer who lived from 1848-1918 – not your everyday processional music selection! Nor did anything else about their wedding qualify as “everyday.” I love the close-ups of their faces, and what a fun way to start this video processional adventure:

 

Changing gears completely, let’s have a look at an African styled wedding processional, shall we? Love the beat, and check out the stilts at about 1:30! And the smile on that bride – she’s clearly loving every moment:

 

OK – getting mellow again – get out the tissues if you haven’t yet, for this groom singing the bride up the aisle:

 

Get down, everybody, let’s dance:

 

Here’s a traditional Korean wedding – the bride enters at about 1:22:

 

I just love this sweet and mellow processional to a solo flute playing the theme to the movie “Braveheart:”

 

And while we’re in a Scottish theme, anyone for bagpipes?

 

In the next video, the two grooms assembled a large group of musicians, including many talented friends, for a rousing and touching entrance. This one features the musical performance very strongly – the grooms enter at about 10:00:

 

Something to think about: Pachelbel’s Canon is the most popular processional – but so often the folks who love the music only end up hearing a phrase or two before the bride has arrived at the altar. How about delaying the bride’s entrance and give everyone a little chance to anticipate?

 

For contrast again – I love the beat and the mellow sway of this African American processional:

 

The gentle, sweet vocals in this Jewish wedding processional end with the bride circling the groom seven times before the couple moves to the huppah. The Seven Circles is a Jewish tradition representing the seven wedding blessings and seven days of creation, and demonstrating that the groom is the center of her world. I recommend having tissues handy again, before the groom starts singing for the bride’s entrance:

 

And, well, this is Vermont, and we couldn’t be complete without Maria’s processional from “The Sound of Music.” Not sure I’d recommend a tune representing “How do you solve a problem like (name of bride or groom) – but I guess it worked for Julie Andrews, and it does sound lovely in context:

 

Enjoy! And Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Lisa Carlson is a freelance flutist, performing for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos and trios of flute with harp, violin, piano, cello, oboe, and more. She maintains a studio in Montpelier, Vermont, and teaches flute in Vermont, in Lebanon, NH, and online to students worldwide.

 

Engaged, Now What? | Wedding Planning Checklist | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique

In planning a wedding, there are many professionals to be contacted.  Below is a list of such potential  “Wedding Related Contacts”:

  • Attire
  • Baker
  • Band/DJ
  • Caterer(s)
  • Ceremony Coordinator
  • Florist
  • Hairstylist
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Jeweler
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Manicurist (Manicure/Pedicure)
  • Music
  • Photographer
  • Reception Coordinator
  • Rehearsal Dinner Coordinator
  • Rental Agency
  • Transportation (Stretch Limo, Classic/Luxury/Own Car, Specialized – Horse & Buggy, etc.)
  • Travel Agency (Honeymoon)
  • Videographer
  • Wedding Coordinator/Planner
  • Wedding Guest List Coordinator/Planner
  • Wedding Dress Boutique
  • Wedding Officiant (Religious or Civil)

The following information should be compiled for each of the above pertinent contacts as well as for any of their assistants and back-up professionals.  

  • Complete Professional Name
  • Business Address
  • Business E-Mail Address
  • Personal E-Mail Address
  • Business Website Address
  • Work Phone Number
  • Home Phone Number
  • Business Cell/Pager Number
  • Personal Cell/Pager Number

Inquire as to the following about each pertinent contact as well as their associate/assistant and arranged professional back-up:

  • How many years have they been in Business?
  • Inquire as to their Professional Experience?
  • Are they licensed with the State/Liquor Board?
  • Are they Accredited in their Field/Profession?
  • Do they have Liability/Facility Insurance? Verify?
  • What services will actually be provided?
  • Do they work alone or have an associate/assistant and if so how many?
  • Will they be your primary contact?
  • Will they personally attend your scheduled events or send an associate/assistant and if so, how?
  • Will they personally perform service (photographer/videographer/ florist, etc.) or will someone else provide actual services and if so, how?
  • If they are personally performing service(s), will they also have an assistant performing as well?
  • How available will they be during/after business hours as well as during weekends if required?
  • Do they have a Professional Back-Up available and if so, who?
  • Do they have another wedding commitment on your wedding day or that weekend?
  • Have they previously worked at your Ceremony and/or Reception Sites?
  • What type of equipment will be used by photographer, videographer, Rental Agency?
  • How many cameras will be used throughout ceremony and reception?
  • Do they have any Restrictions or Denominational issues that you should be aware of?
  • What are their Payment and Cancellation Policies?
  • Request samples of cakes/menu items, attend a performance event of musician(s), request to see photographer’s wedding photo albums/videographer’s wedding video/florist’s wedding photo albums, check-out rental equipment condition, etc.

Personally interview/speak with all associates/assistants and back-up people involved in planning your wedding.  And also obtain all of the above pertinent information for each of them.

Request a list of references in conjunction with considering each professional.   It is extremely important that you thoroughly check out their references.  Remember that you will be depending upon each of them to achieve a well-planned and stress-free wedding.  And be very certain that you like and feel comfortable with the individuals you select to assure for a good working relationship throughout the extended period of planning for your wedding; right up to and including the day of your wedding.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.